Warning: spoilers ahead for Moon Knight on Disney Plus.
The lead director of Moon Knight, Mohamed Diab, has left fans in an emotional state emphasising the significance of Marvel’s first Egyptian superhero, as well as the incredible impact she’s had on his own daughter.
In the episode 6 finale of the series on Disney Plus, Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy) became the avatar for the ancient Egyptian goddess Taweret (Antonia Salib).
Her transformation included the debut of her epic costume, complete with wings at the back that were attached to swords on either side.
Fans have been raving about Layla’s introduction as a new hero, dubbed Scarlet Scarab, as one scene in the finale saw a young girl ask the character: ‘Are you an Egyptian superhero?’, to which she replied: ‘I am.’
On Twitter, Mohamed – who directed four Moon Knight episodes, including the sixth instalment – shared a side-by-side of Layla after her big costume reveal with a photo of his daughter, whose curly hair looks similar to May’s.
‘Since my daughter was 4, she wanted to straighten her hair. She never saw someone who looked like her in the media,’ he executive producer.
‘Today this changes with LAYLA, the first Egyptian superhero. Proud to be a part of it!’
Several Twitter users shared how emotional Mohamed’s message made them, as they related to not seeing themselves represented on screen.
‘I am literally crying over this, this is SO IMPORTANT,’ one person wrote.
‘Speechless. This could not be any more beautiful and the world is starving for more of these heroes,’ someone else said, as another fan added: ‘Like they have no idea how they helped ppl with curly hair make them more confident about it, I’m gonna cry.’
One viewer said that while their sisters and they ‘needed this’ when they were four years old, they’ll ‘take it’ now that they’re in their twenties and thirties.
‘Thank you sir. This was easily the most emotional I’ve gotten during the entire run of the MCU,’ another person wrote, expressing their gratitude towards Mohamed and referring to him as an ‘Egyptian superhero’.
Sarah Goher, who was a consulting producer on Moon Knight, told Marvel.com how much it meant to witness Layla and Scarlet Scarab come to life ‘down to the curl’.
‘I’m an Egyptian girl, and I have curly hair,’ she said. ‘I can’t tell you how many girls I know have spent years burning that hair with irons, using chemical processes to straighten their hair, and it’s because we don’t see enough representation of curly hair on-screen.
‘And so down to the curl, down to her story, down to even her strength, these were all very important things that we wanted to instate in her character.’
Looking back on taking on the role of a superhero, May added: ‘I had to really sit with it and be like, I cannot represent every Arab woman or every Egyptian woman… I just hope that all Arab women can watch that and feel like a superhero, and that they have that space on that big scale.’
Moon Knight is available to watch on Disney Plus.